Term 2 Week 5 - 2024

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Term 2, Week 5


Competition and Collaboration

Our Senior School students recently took part in the week-long Rijken Cup event, competing against Christian schools across Adelaide.

Inter-school competitions are a fantastic way for students to grow in confidence and proficiency as they test their abilities against other students with similar skills and interests. These events also build a sense of school spirit and belonging, as well as the reminder that we are part of something bigger.

As one of around 26 Christian schools in South Australia, Cedar College has benefited greatly from our affiliation with CSA (Christian Schools Australia) and the interactions and guidance we have received from CSA member schools since the very beginning of Cedar College.

In addition to sports events, we have enjoyed collaborating with CSA schools for our Not Ashamed of the Gospel workshops, STEM competitions, and also staff Professional Development, such as the one to be held on the Student Free Day of Term 3. We are so thankful to be able to join with many other Christian schools in our mission to provide excellence in education within a distinctly Christian school environment.

Around the Campus

In this edition of CedarNews, our Head of Primary School looks at some of the rich learning opportunities that have taken place this term, we view all the highlights from our Rijken Cup team, revisit the excitement of the Year 6 Camp and Year 1 STEAM into Nature, and find out what our new High School Engineering Foundations classes have been up to.


Mr Peter Thomson, Principal

July 2024

Saturday June 29Sunday July 21


Sunday July 21

WEEK 1 >>

Monday July 22


Tuesday July 23

Students return for Term 3

Thursday July 25

Year 10 Vaccinations

Sunday July 28

Week 2 >>

Wednesday July 31

Yr 5 Excursion

August 2024

Thursday August 1

SACSA Year 7/8 Basketball

Friday August 2

SACSA Year 9/10 Basketball
8:50 am – 1:50 pm
Yr 11 Food & Hosp Excursion
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rijken Cup Presentation

Sunday August 4

Week 3 >>

Richer Learning

Learning is meaningful, fun, and relevant, as students engage in special events.

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Year 6 camp

Great Outdoors

Year 6 students enjoy the Great Outdoors with exciting activities and special memories.

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Engineering Solutions

Students in Year 9 Engineering Foundations clean up with some environmental solutions.

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Rijken Cup 2024

A week of intense sporting competition brings unity, passion, and school spirit.

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The Front Page

Richer Learning

We have had a great start to the term, with so many things that have given students a richer learning experience.

Week 5 News and Notices

Public Holidays – Term 2

Monday June 10 – King’s Birthday Public Holiday.

Student Fee Days – Term 2

Friday June 14 – Student Free Day for all students R-12.

Uniform Shop

Please note that, due to the introduction of the new Cedar College uniform in 2025, some items and sizes are no longer available. The changeover period, between 2025-2026, will allow both old and new uniform to be worn.

Primary School Run4Fun

The Primary School Run4Fun will be held on the final day of Term 2, Friday June 28. Details, including the fundraising brochure, will be sent home with Primary School students.

Students are required to wear their PE Uniform, with their House Team T-shirt. If your child requires a T-shirt, please order this through the Qkr! App under the School Payments menu. Sponsorship forms need to be filled in and returned to the Primary School Office, along with any money collected, by Friday July 26 (Term 3, Week 1). Sponsorship payments may also be made through the Qkr! App, under the Run4Fun menu. All funds raised will go towards upgrading play areas around the Primary School.

School Photos – Term 3

Please note that our school photos are scheduled for Week 3 of Term 3, on Friday, August 9.

Sports team photos, and absentee photos, will take place the following week, on Tuesday, August 13. Further information will be sent home later this term.

Canvas and Portal Login changes

We will be introducing changes to login procedures for both Canvas and the Parent Portal late in Term 2.

These changes will streamline the login procedure for both portals, enabling parents/caregivers to utilise their email address or existing third-party sign-in credentials. This will enable all parents/caregivers to set and maintain a single password for Canvas and Learning Conversation bookings.

To help with a smoother changeover, please ensure that the Front Office has your current email details, as this will be used to authenticate against your username. Further information will be sent to all parents/caregivers before the login changeover takes place.

Kids Discovery Club

Thursday October 3, from 8:30-4:30

CityReach Kids is excited to announce that Kids Discovery Club is back again this year with all the fun jam packed into one big day.

On Thursday 3 October, from 8:30-4:30, there will be activities, crafts, Bible teaching, games, a delicious lunch and more!

Are you the greatest detective CityReach Kids has ever seen? No mystery will go unsolved as long as you are ON THE CASE! This will be an event for children in Rec – Year 5. You do not want to miss it, so register now! www.rb.gy/2ey78q

Calendar Information


Term 2, 2024 – Tue 30 April – Fri 28 June

Three-week break between Terms 2 and 3

Term 3, 2024 – Tue 23 July – Fri 27 September

Term 4, 2024 – Tue 15 October – Wed 11 December

Term 1, 2025 – Tue 28 January – Fri 11 April


Regular opening hours during term:

Monday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday 3pm – 5:30pm

Thursday extended opening hours:

TERM 1 – Weeks 1 – 6, 3pm – 5.30pm

TERM 2 – Weeks 1 – 3, 3pm – 5.30pm

TERM 4 – Weeks 1 – 3, 3pm – 5.30pm


Our Primary School Chapels and Assemblies are held on Fridays at 8:50am. 

Assemblies can be attended by invitation from the involved classes, and parents/caregivers are welcome to attend our fortnightly Chapels.

Parents/caregivers are able to sit in the allocated chairs at the back of the Auditorium.

Primary School News

Great Outdoors, Great Memories

May 15th was a sunny day that started with a lot of excited Year 6 students arriving at school ready to depart for camp at Wirraway Homestead, Strathalbyn.

The bus was filled with excited chatter as students looked forward to the adventure that awaited them. After a smooth trip up the freeway, we arrived at Strathalbyn for a quick recess break before re-boarding the bus and completing our journey to the campsite.

The always friendly staff and picturesque scenery greeted us upon arrival. The rolling hills and crisp country air are a refreshing experience that never fails to disappoint.

After a quick chat, we found our way to our dorms to set up before we had lunch and got straight into activities.

A Cracking Time

Horse-riding proved to be popular as always, but students also enjoyed herding sheep, completing the obstacle course and testing their accuracy at the archery range.

Students also got to try whip cracking and, although many felt confident they were movie stars from the old Wild West movies, it turned out to be a bit trickier than it looks. However, with some determination and practice, the cracking noises started to come, and the students got great satisfaction when they succeeded.

Afternoon breaks gave students the chance to explore a variety of activities with the in-ground trampolines being popular

Enduring Memories

Night sessions were fun and consisted of the horseshoe challenge as well as other fun games and trivia competitions. This was followed by some exciting games in the dark run by the Wirraway staff. These were both fun and exciting.

Camp always goes so quickly. There are sure to be many significant memories from camp. It was pleasing to see many students attempt things out of their comfort zones and succeed!

Before we knew it, we were packing up and boarding the bus to come home. Wirraway had yet again provided a fun and unique experience that will be remembered for many years to come. The bus trip home was quieter than the one going up as students realised that the long days and reduced sleep had indeed caught up with them.

Thanks to Miss Dix, Mrs Birch, Emily, Josh and Mrs March for coming to camp and making it a great experience and to Mr Austin and Mrs Nguyen for coming up for a day visit.

Mr Nathan Carson, Year 6 Teacher


Primary School News

STEAM into Nature

In Week 4, the Year 1 classes had a wonderful visit from NaturePlay SA who led us through a workshop called ‘STEAM into Nature’.

This incursion offered students the opportunity to explore connections between nature, science, technology, visual art and history.

Students were challenged to create their own paint using natural pigments. We crushed flowers, petals, leaves and stems with our mortar and pestle until we created a paste. We learnt about adding a binder to the mix to help it thicken into a more paint-like consistency. Cameron from NaturePlay also turned herbs and spices into paint for us to use. We then used these natural pigments to paint a canvas of our very own!

Miss Jaime Ma, Year 1 Teacher


Student Achievment

Cedar has had some excellent representation at State level recently, and are pleased to extend our congratulations to two well-deserving athletes.


State Swimming

Congratulations to Harry, who competed in the SAPSASA Swimming District day at Norwood. Harry achieved three first places in 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, and 50m freestyle.

Following the District event, Harry was selected for the State SAPSASA championship Day and achieved some further highly rated State results: First in the State boys 10-year-old 50m backstroke, Second in the State boys 10-year-old 50m freestyle, second in the State boys 10-year-old  50m butterfly, and first in the State boys 10-year-old 4x50m freestyle relay.

Well done, Harry, on some remarkable results.



State Gymnastics

Congratulations also to Izzy, who recently competed in the Australian 2024 Gymnastics Championships.

Izzy and her team placed third, with the bronze medal in the Senior Team Final.

Izzy was the youngest competitor in the event, competing against gymnasts from all Australian States, as well as gymnasts from New Zealand.

Middle School News

Engineering Foundations

On Monday 27 May, our Year 9 Engineering Foundation students embarked on an educational excursion to KESAB Recycling plant, offering a firsthand experience of sustainable Environmental Engineering practices in action.

The visit began with a warm welcome from the KESAB team, followed by an insightful presentation on the importance of recycling and waste management. Students learned about the various types of recyclable materials and the processes involved in transforming waste into reusable products.

The tour of the recycling facility was a highlight, where students observed the sorting and processing stages. They were fascinated by the sophisticated machinery that separates paper, plastics, and metals. The interactive session allowed students to ask questions and understand the significance of reducing contamination in recycling bins.

Hands-on Solutions

One of the most engaging parts of the visit were the hands-on activities. Students participated in various workshops where they had to solve environmental issues, making use of the Engineering Design Process. These creative exercises emphasised the value of reusing materials and sparked their imagination on how to repurpose everyday items.

Throughout the excursion, KESAB’s educators emphasised the environmental impact of waste and the role each individual plays in creating a sustainable future. The students left with a deeper understanding of the three Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — and a renewed commitment to implementing these practices at school and home.


Mr Herman du Preez, High School Science Teacher


Senior School News

Rijken Cup 2024

Throughout Week 4, Cedar’s top Senior School athletes participated in netball, volleyball, table-tennis, soccer, basketball, and touch football, competing in the third annual Rijken Cup.

This year, Cedar College was well-represented at the Rijken Cup, and although we didn’t get all the wins we wanted, we can still celebrate an exciting time of unity and passion.

On behalf of Cedar’s Rijken leadership, we are proud of the way each team member conducted themselves both on and off the court/field, displaying sportsmanship and encouragement to one another through the wins and the losses. It was both an honour and privilege to be a part of such a positive and supportive group, who all took part in creating an enjoyable week for everyone.

Plenty of Highlights

A highlight of my week (Eric, boys’ captain) was taking out the netball grand final as the underdogs of the tournament. As a team, we played against multiple state basketball players, as well as a handful of Division 1 players, that stacked the odds against us, however through team chemistry and flawless coaching from Mrs Robinson, we were able to beat every team that stood against us.

There were so many highlights for me (Caity, girls’ captain) but making the soccer and netball grand final was a standout. Bella kicking a goal from the corner was elite, and all the hard work at netball training with Mrs Shaw paid off. Spending time with the team, bonding over funny moments and reliving memories from 2023 and 2024 made the week really special.

We would like to give a big thanks to Mrs Robinson for all the hard-work she commits to the team behind the scenes. Cedar College is truly blessed to have such a caring teacher, and she deserves all the appreciation we can give – thank you Mrs Robinson.

Overall, Rijken Cup 2024 was a success in heart, and we are excited to pass the torch on to the next Year 12 cohort and would like to encourage the next Year 11s to participate in this worth-while week.

Watch the clip to re-live some of the best moments from Cedar’s 2024 Rijken Cup campaign


Eric and Caity, 2024 Rijken Cup Captains

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School Address: 215-233 Fosters Rd Northgate, South Australia 5085.


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About Cedar College

Cedar College is a Reception to Year 12 co-educational independent Christian School, in the growing suburb of Northgate, South Australia.